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As an example, I recently came across a blog titled "Software As She Is Developed". I know I've seen that construct before — "noun as she is past participle" — in other contexts. It's fairly self-explanatory, but a quirky way of phrasing it. What exactly does it connote, and does it have a specific origin?

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The blog's actually called Software As She’s Developed. –  Hugo Apr 19 '12 at 19:29

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It's a snowclone derived from the title of the unspeakably bad text English as She Is Spoke.

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Bad, maybe, but not exactly unspeakable. –  Robusto Apr 19 '12 at 15:26
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Rather than a 'snowclone derived from', it is actually 'derived from the snowclone'. "English as she is spoke" is the snowclone spawning quirky sentences like the one here. –  Kris Apr 19 '12 at 15:27
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@Kris: From the linked Wikipedia article: "The term 'snowclone' can be applied to both the original phrase and to any new phrase that uses its formula". –  RegDwigнt Apr 19 '12 at 15:36
    
@RegDwight Yes, I know they 'can be'. However, doing so here would defeat the purpose. We want to draw attention to the original, while also introducing the term 'snowclone'. –  Kris Apr 19 '12 at 15:50
    
So is it always used ironically, as if to say "this isn't really the way it should be done"? –  Travis Christian Apr 19 '12 at 16:59

Check out "English as she is spoke." You may find very interesting info.

Your example sentence takes off on this classic usage of 'as she is'.

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